How to Make Curtains from Recycled Sheetscomments (10) January 25th, 2009
If you shop for craft materials at thrift stores, you probably know how easy it is to find cool old sheets with interesting patterns or colors. And if you're like me, you've accumulated a ton of them to use the fabric for projects and now don't have the time or project ideas to use half of them! Okay, maybe you're not like me, but you still might have some sheets around the house, or maybe you want an excuse to buy some of those thrift-store sheets. All you need is a curtain rod with clip rings and a pair of scissors to turn a vintage sheet into a cool new curtain!
- One sheet a bit larger than your window
- Curtain rod for your window size
- Set of clip-style curtain rings
- Fray Check (optional)
If you find a cool sheet that's much larger than your window, you can just cut it down to size. As for the curtain rod and rings, I got my whole set at Ikea for less than $15.
First, you'll need to cut or rip your sheet in half. I say rip because most old sheets will very easily rip straight across with a clean edge, so I recommend trying this method. Find the center point, make a small cut with your scissors, and pull. Either it will easily tear or it won't; if it won't, then cut straight down the middle with your scissors. If your sheet has some kind of pattern that shows you where to cut, you're in luck (like stripes, plaid, etc.). If not, you might want to draw a straight line to follow so you don't end up with crooked curtains.
You can put some Fray Check on the ripped/cut edges if you want to. Now you'll need to install your curtain rod and put the clip rings on it.
Clip on the sheet curtain panels with the torn edges on the outsides and the clean edges in the center. Figure out how far apart to clip—either measure and mark your curtain or estimate.
I have five clips on each side, so I clipped the two ends, then I eyeballed the middle and clipped there. Then I just eyeballed halfway between the end clips and the center clip for the last two, for five evenly spaced clips.
That's it, new curtains! And since it's so easy to clip them up, you can easily switch sheets whenever you find a cool new vintage one at the thrift store, or when you feel like a change in color scheme, or whenever!